SLOAN WAINWRIGHT/ RANDY BURNS- SUNDAY JUNE 2, at East Rock Concert Series at mActivity
Fernando Pinto Presents: Sloan Wainwright / Randy Burns - Sunday June 2, 2019
at East Rock Concert Series at mActivity Coffee Bar
Tickets $20.Adv. $25. at the Door
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm
Sloan Wainwright comes from a long line of amazingly gifted singer songwriters. Yes, the Loudon - Rufus - Martha Galaxy.
Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles pop, folk, jazz and blues held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid.
Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a whos who of contemporary folk music. Sloans incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but also her dramatically voiced rendition of original songs.
Shes folk influenced, but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics seem all the more intense.
With a solid and impressive discography of 10 original CD releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform live and has won two songwriting awards at the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards. In addition, Sloan has written numerous musical compositions for theater and dance and teaches at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops.
Sloans open spirit and first-hand experience is welcome year after year in the musical classrooms of such prestigious song camps as Richard Thompsons Frets and Refrains, The Swannanoa Gathering, SummerSongs, WUMB Radios Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), Winter Acoustic Music Weekend (WAMW), Moab Folk Camp, Cape Cod Songwriting Retreat and emPower Music & Arts Totally Cool Song School.
+ RANDY BURNS
In 1966, Randy Burns was dropped off on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Street, with a bag over his shoulder and a guitar in his handready for anything Randy had gotten his start a year earlier at The Exit Coffeehouse in New Haven, Connecticut but soon left to join the Urban Folk Revival in Greenwich Village. The first three months he slept in flop houses, on subways and park benches in Washington Square Park. Every week he played the open mic nights at the original Gerdes Folk City, The Gaslight Café and The Bitter End. Impressed by his talent, Clarence Hood, the owner of the legendary Gaslight hired Randy as the permanent opening act. At only eighteen he was opening for the biggest folk stars in the country, artists hed only heard on records. Randy shared the stage with John Hammond, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Eric Andersen, Spider John Koerner, Steve Gillette, Sonny and Brownie, Phil Ochs, Carolyn Hester, Washboard Sam and many, many others. During this period, he recorded three albums with a small independent label.
As the Folk Revival was fading, he formed the electric folk rock group, Randy Burns and the Skydog Band . Within months his first major label album was released on Mercury Records and two albums soon followed on Polydor Records.
Randy Burns and the Skydog Band played all the legendary clubs in the country, the Cellar Door in DC, The Bijou Theater in Philadelphia, The Troubadour and Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, The Bitter End and Electric Circus in New York, The Quiet Night in Chicago, The Hungry Eye in San Francisco, Berkeley Folk Festival with Buddy Guy and the Hollywood Bowl with the Smothers Brothers.
Rolling Stone Magazine said, Nobody, but nobody, sings anything like Randy Burns. The New York Times called Randy Vocally Convincing. Billboard Magazine wrote that Randys voice is so intrinsically right that it wraps the listener in a pool of contentment. When Randy played The Troubadour , the Los Angeles Times said, Randy is the best country flavored rock singer since Graham Parsons, who was, and is, as good as anyone before him.
Frustrated with the music industry, Randy returned to his folksinging roots and hit the road again as a folksinger. For years he was literally homeless It would have been a waste of money, he says, I was singing so many places that Id leave a bag of clothes wherever I usually played so I could travel light. A headliner at Kennys Castaways, in the late 70s, owner Pat Kenny arranged for Randy to tour Ireland. It was off to Dublin, where he played coast to coast two years in a row. A pure folksinger again, Randy played for many seasons on Block Island Rhode Island, and of course he returned and played New Haven many, many times. The places and list of clubs hes played is endless, and he still has dedicated fans everywhere.
After fifteen years, Randy is back with a brand new CD out on Music Maker along with several other projects in the works. Recently Randy returned to New Haven where he had a sell-out performance that was met with rave reviews.
If you were around New Haven, New York or Los Angeles in the 60s, 70s and 80syouve probably heard stories or have your own stories to tell about him. Theyre all still true. Randy Burns is a folksingers folksinger, always was and will always be.
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